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ERIC Number: EJ1101036
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1611-9665
About the Use of the Word "Market" in the Teaching of Economics: The Lexicon at Work at the High School and at the University
Blanchard, Hervé; Coléno, Yves-Patrick
Journal of Social Science Education, v14 n4 p17-26 Win 2015
In France, syllabuses and teachings of economics have changed a lot in first degrees and at the high school as well since their creation. Wondering whether this imperceptible transformation does not lead finally the subject towards a regression as for its ambitions, by impoverishing it, we analyse these evolutions. Concentrating our work on the word "market", which has got a considerable place so much in the syllabuses of the high school and Bachelor's degree today, we show that this whole transformation is a lexicon effect. We support our reflection by analysing syllabuses and textbooks. We show that market has become a keyword in the lexicon of our society; that is the reason why its use is obvious at the present time, and does not need an accurate definition. That is what we call a lexicon effect. But it poses questions about the impoverishment of the teaching of economics at high school and university, as many controversies testify. It would be necessary to make sure of a true "knowledge growth in teaching" (Shulman, 1986), by questioning content and relationships to knowledge such as ways of teaching. The involvement of teachers in this kind of approach should be encouraged. In other words, research on dynamics of knowledge should be initiated. On which conditions is it possible?
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France
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